* Posts by cbars

516 posts • joined 11 Jun 2013


Woman dies after hospital is unable to treat her during crippling ransomware infection, cops launch probe

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Re: Why?

It would go away if paying the ransom was outlawed or crypto currency?

Are you suggesting that this would go away without Bitcoin etc al... are you sure...?

Amazon gets its tax excuses in early amid rising UK profits – but leaves El Reg off the press list. Can't think why

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Re: Not the fault of Amazon

Yea but come on, its really hard to work out how to publicly prevent these shinnanigans while still keeping it legal to pay your mates and profit on the sly - give the MPs a break! If they make it too hard, there will be no cushy job waiting for them when they get voted out, and the opposition will just open a loophole once they're in anyway, so really there is nothing to be done and we should all be grateful that the Americans let us keep any of our money at all

AWS Aurora PostgreSQL versions vanish from the mega-cloud for days, leaving customers in the dark

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Re: Aurora

Comment was a bit tongue in cheek, a bug in Amazon's code meaning it doesn't work with it, and is therefore a trademark infringement...

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So how come they can call it PostgreSQL if the code has been forked to do Amazon stuff.... that's a trademark infringement, surely

From postgres trademark policy, unacceptable use:

"Use of the name(s) or logo in a software product that is unrelated to PostgreSQL and does not run on it, or work with it."

0ops. 1,OOO-plus parking fine refunds ordered after drivers typed 'O' instead of '0'

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Re: And this ladies and gentlemen...

Yes we do


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i ("eye") is not used.

I suppose you could sort that with a QR code in addition to human readable, so copper's ANPR doesn't get confused either, no matter how creative the screw placement

Infosec big names rally against US voting app maker's bid to outlaw unsanctioned bug hunting via T&Cs

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Re: Free your mind...

What? Oh, you mean the second North American Civil War... Yes, let's go from IT security disclosure straight to nuclear factions.

US military takes aim at 2024 for human-versus-AI aircraft dogfights. Have we lost that loving feeling for Top Gun?

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Re: A new missile race?

Bullets are cheaper than drones, we would just need a way to kill swarms of drones and the missiles can be kept for bigger fish.

For example, really good/AI aiming systems for turrets mounted rifles, shrapnel 'grenades', a big net, diversionary utilities c.f. chaff to shake drones off, outmaneouvering e.g. altitude etc etc

You won't eliminate dog fights, you'll just find other ways to fight before you get to that point, thats why soldiers still need hand to hand combat training.

Whether this will actually be possible in 3 years is another question

VMware staff in Silicon Valley can leave a pandemic, wildfire-ridden zone – if they're willing to accept less pay

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Re: Simples

Cheap you say? I'll stop you there, I've heard enough!

Cops called to Singapore golf club after 'wrongdoers' use scripts to book popular timeslots

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I cite discrimination based on reflexes and availability.

Fairest solution is the bookings are open for 24 hours (plus a week or whatever), and after that the slots are assigned randomly. Youre notified if you've got one, so easier to get another slot if your available.

If you win a slot, you're excluded from other contended slots.

Doesnt matter if you're fast, and distributes slots about even, based on availability

Tough luck if you can only make the fancy slots

Apple to Epic: Sue me? No, sue you, pal!

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Re: Monopolistic behaviour

From UK Warranty guidelines

"Neither the Manufacturer, the selling BMW Centre or any BMW Group company in the UK can be held responsible for modifications to the vehicle which lead to defects, unless those modifications have been approved by the Manufacturer, an Authorised BMW Centre or a BMW Service Authorised Workshop"

You can smash your iPhone with a hammer, sure, but Apple are not letting you...

My point is, they are not obliged to support or replace a device which is taken 'outside' its purposful scope - and that scope is entirely defined by the manufacturer, as far as I can see... I can't believe I'm arguing it either, I have a problem!

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Re: Monopolistic behaviour

Its not easy. I started out thinking its cut and dry, but now I think I've changed my mind... Why should apple be obliged to allow consumers to load code anyway? I cant do that with my washing machine (yet)...

Its clear they actively prevent developers selling stuff without gouging them... but BMW won't let you attach any old shit to their cars either.

This doesn't prevent Epic from releasing their own 'games' smartphone.

I can see app makers like SMS providers, email clients having a claim (as apple doesn't pay the 30% itself), but if Apple aren't offering an app that competes with this app, its just the cost of business - so by rights the game should cost 30% more on that hardware, and less on phones that don't take that cut. The only argument I can see is cartel behaviour with Google in collusion to prevent alternative platforms competing based on app offerings (as Apple would win that war due to fewer form factors etc)

I'm glad I'm not a lawyer, actually

Accenture dares to enter site of US Air Force mega ERP-project disaster

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Old and busted: Targeting servers and web bugs. New hotness: Pwning devs with targeted poisoned stacks

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time, convenience and performance

So, time

TCL's latest e-ink tech looks good on paper, but Chinese giant will have to back up extraordinary claims

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There was a phone that did try to cross over, the Yotaphone, I believe it was reviewed on the Reg too. Reading the news outside on your lunch break is much more pleasant on eink

Slap more eink screens on the back of smartphones, I say

Intel, Apple, Cisco, Google sue US Patent Office – Tech police, open up!

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Long term

If USPTO wants less work throwing these out, they should stop granting bullshit patents. They brought this on themselves by making the application process a rubber stamp exercise.

Sounds like the black helicopters have come for us. Oh, just another swarm of FAA-approved Amazon delivery drones

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Re: 30 min delivery!

thats what people said when they started selling books... but: volume

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Re: 30 min delivery!

They couldn't possibly pre-package the top selling items in a standard drone package that can be loaded like a vending machine...?

Here are some things I would 100% have bought in the past, multiple times, in busy city centre locations where this would be offered: cufflinks, usb stick, charging cable/battery, toothbrush

Plenty of scope for this in and around train stations in the work week, in my opinion, they'll make it work.

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Re: I've ordered Amazon same-day exactly once

Push? Push is very hygienic, use your foot. Its the *pull* WC doors I don't understand - one chump being a dirty bugger and you've wasted the soap. All WC doors should be push to exit, no need for motors.

Forget your space-age IT security systems. It might just take a $1m bribe and a willing employee to be pwned

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Just watched "Greed":

"Have I got a handle on my head?"

... "I'm saying, in a very clever way, do I look like a fucking mug?"


Relying on plain-text email is a 'barrier to entry' for kernel development, says Linux Foundation board member

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Re: Keep stupid out

The distinction between the spelling of there, their and they're is also increasingly irrelevant, right?

Excellent parallelism though, if that was your aim! If not, then its nicely demonstrsting how hard it is to communicate via text, and why layering more complexity on top of that basic medium is likely to reduce clarity further, and by coincidence strongly erodes your argument

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@anon, from the above post suggesting exactly that

"if they cant use there phone to do it, they wont"

They're therefore either doing everything on their phone, or using appropriate tools.

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If their smart phone is 1) not able to send plain text email or 2) where they're doing the majority of dev... they are not kernel developers

Want to send plain email from your phone? Thousands of ways to do this. Want to try and write code with only your thumbs, no mouse, AND fucking autocorrect - you're insane. There is a reason keynoard shortcuts exist and its not for playing angry birds (or whatever people play now)

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Now you've got two things to manage, the front end (bug riddled, got-to-be-on-trend javascript wasteland) AND the Kernal.

So you outsource, now you've got a dependency and potentially a revenue impact. And you rely on a single hosted site, vs the redundant infrastructure of email which for the most part will route around problems - so only a single contributer goes offline instead of the whole lot.

Its just not an argument. Kernel developers are not consumers, and do not need to web-scale in this Silicon Valley grow-like-mad model. They are few and far between, and if undestanding a 1980s (earlier?) text protocol is beyond you, so is the kernel.

You dont even need to install a new client, I myself have previously sent email direct from the command line on Linux, and via a 20 line python script* that I wrote on Windows. Email is piss-easy.

*OK, fine, there might have been a library in there, I can't remember the details as it was a 20 minute job several years ago

Huawei mobile mast installed next to secret MI5 data centre in London has 7 years to do whatever it is Huawei does

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Re: So...we'll be stripping out all that Cisco kit......

Half of them are, the other half were kept secret for the really, actually this time, good guys

India selects RISC-V for semiconductor self-sufficiency contest: Use these homegrown cores to build kit

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It sounds sensible

But the thing that nags at me is that if all countries start using different chips, isn't that a wider attack surface...? The incumbents are riddled with hard to patch holes, are these going to be any better? At least with a low number of widespread vendors people like the Linux foundation were actually able to create software mitigations... not sure that will be true if everyone is running different hardware, open source or not. Can anyone more knowledgeable weigh in, does adopting the home-grown model actually reduce risk when it comes to Internet connected devices?

Single-line software bug causes fledgling YAM cryptocurrency to implode just two days after launch

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Re: Is there any legitimate use of cryptocurrency?

Is there any legitimate use of this World Wide Web? Its just full of criminals stealing music and taking money from gullibles for dot com addresses as a scam before the bubble explodes.

I view it like academia, for now it may not even be mildly interesting, but with enough brains looking at something, be it a stick or a rock, someone will think of a use for it.

Frosty the plaintiff: Yeti Data flings surprise trademark sueball at Snowflake

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And like the Yeti

they moved unseen through the blizzard, and no-one knew they were there

Solid branding, hollow claim

UK insurance biz Direct Line drops 'misrepresentation' claims against IBM in £36m database platform lawsuit

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You *never* know the full requirements up front, but that doesn't mean a full table scan or union in a join cant be designed out. That article is a litany of pure incompetence.

The position that they shouldn't have any responsibility for performance prior to official testing is a joke! The tests are there to confirm its fine, not provide requirements, its too late at that point!

Imagine having to tell your plumber the exact angles of all the pipes you want him to connect, and specify you do in fact want water to come out so a 1mm diameter won't be enough....

Mealy mouthed bastards

China slams President Trump's TikTok banned-or-be-bought plan in the US

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Come on

How innovative do you really need to be to make an app to share video clips...?

Does it need to be imported? No, grow it at home.

Great, now about Facebook/Insta/Google/all of SV really.... any chance you can throw a wall around those guys and get the F out of Europe?

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I don't think this is the right demonstration of that. He may be, (and I think he's a lying swine with no morals and less sense) but as stated US companies can't get into China... why allow Chinese companies to get rich off Americans?

Broken clocks and all that.

Co-inventor of the computer mouse, William English, dies

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I gotta think about that

We was always gonna do it by ourselves

MI6 tried to intervene in independent court by stopping judge seeing legal papers – but they said sorry, so it's OK

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Tut tut

"Noo, we don't do that do we? Now, say you're sorry... that's right, good boy/girl. Who wants ice cream?"

USA seeks Moon and Mars nuke power plant designs ready to fly in 2027

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Re: What are they going to do with the heat?

*inside of the back

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Re: What are they going to do with the heat?

@Michael, others have already corrected you, but in case you're still confused on your example:

"...Red Drwarf to cool into a Black Dwarf...?"

Its the same reason polar bears don't look like cheetas: surface area to mass ratio. Big things lose heat slower, because they can only lose heat from their surface (by radiation in the case of stars, by convection and conduction too for fluffy animals). Stars are #massive

UK weather watcher will make it rain to the tune of $30m for support on new data platform

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I need a supercomputer

to process all that jargon into an intelligible article. Poor show

Smile? Not bloody likely: Day 6 of wobbly services and still no hint to UK online bank's customers about what's actually wrong

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Re: "for we like sheep ..."

"I don't need it, therefore nobody needs it", classic. If you only have a bank account because its a requirement to receive benefits/child support/etc, and you think you're at risk of going overdrawn with every transaction, then having confirmation of your account balance is very much required to stay solvent.

For myself, I have the infantile requirement of sending my mates beer money in tiny installments with annoying references; online banking is required to save myself the embarrassment of explaining myself and wasting a cashiers time with my whimsy

Keep it Together, Microsoft: New mode for vid-chat app Teams reminds everyone why Zoom rules the roost

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Re: There are reasons (and^and)

No! I don't want to engage; I didnt say there was anything wrong the the quality, my home internet connection is mint - thank you - point was that I want them to stop bothering me

They'll know if its poor quality when I stop using it, isn't that what all the hoovering metrics in W10 are for?

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Re: There are reasons (and^and)

And makes you log in constantly and 2 factor auth (this has improved lately - wonder why), and if you're working for client you need a private window to have 2 accounts logged in, and hogs your resources, and inexplicably split the audio through my mobile when I answered a video call using my laptop which I didn't realise was even possible let alone desirable, and intermittently drops audio, and has restrictions at the org level rather than team level so you cant talk to people you work with every day because they're "an outsider", and - worst of all - asks for a fucking rating on call quality after *every* fucking call!!!! Argh! Measure some sensible metrics without my involvment, what the fuck does 3 star mean, do you just want 5 stars? Here is a singe digit gesture, you can interpret that as you will

Another anti-immigrant rant goes viral in America – and this time it's by a British, er, immigrant tech CEO

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Re: We hear these stories all the time

"Discrimination is something which we are all guilty of"

It would be very boring if we all had the exact same opinions, and it would be hard to navigate the world without the ability to "tell 'things' apart".

Now, incorrectly categorising negative behavioual attributes, or social status, or whatever - due to a low sample size/measurement error/invalid theoretical frameworks.... that I agree is sloppy analysis and we should educate ourselves.

Guilt has nothing to do with it being wrong - sounds very American/puritan to me.

Cheers, homo sapiens!

Linux kernel coders propose inclusive terminology coding guidelines, note: 'Arguments about why people should not be offended do not scale'

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Re: Thin end of the wedge?

A comment with no context! What about when they're one and the same (as here!)

You can't just expect people to interpret your behaviour and understand the underlying motivation for what you're doing, especially if thats *not* doing something and they haven't learned yet.

For example: Children throw rocks at a dog (a moving target, what fun)

An adult sees this, and quietly walks past the dog, clearly demonstrating his virtuous animal cruelty ideals.

Good lesson? No. The adult, in my opinion, would be virtuous to tell the children "do not be cruel", so the next dog doesn't get blinded.

This is absolutely not the same thing as saying loudly and for no reason "I care about the plants", or whatever it is that someone has said to annoy you, Anon

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Re: Thin end of the wedge?

"Virtue signaling is one thing, but imposing it on the world's most well-established codebase is both worthless and self-defeating"

I disagree, this is one of the cases where it makes sense... consider the "virtue signal": the demonstration that one values an idea. OK, when done so by a teenager with no life experience - not particularly informative, useful or interesting. When done by an adult, or a teenager with some influence - potentially disruptive, depending on level of demonstration and alignment with the audiences valued ideas... now, when done so by the maintainers of "the world's most well-established codebase" - there is a great deal of influence to be wielded. By demonstrating that they value this idea, they send a powerful message, and that is the exact intention. The intention is not to set a precedent for refactoring regularly (how long has it been since this last happened, 30 years, never?), but to say that open source software is *open*.

I don't think thats a bad signal to send, the code base has been built and maintained by volunteers, so I hope some of the noise around this signal catches the attention of a BAME person and they are motivated to join in and contribute.

Also, as a signal, its marketing - and when did they care if the product description was 100% accurate, thats not the purpose, its to get attention!

Languishing lodash library loophole finally fitted for a fix: It's only taken since October to address security bug

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Re-inventing the tools to make a wheel

The website is the car in this analogy, we know its useful and its serves many purposes. To build the car we need some way to send and receive data, style it, and get user input... etc

This stuff all exists, and has done for a long time. You can hand crank HTML etc and what you get is rock solid. All these libraries do is change the way you build your wheel, your axle. Yes it seems faster but you trade stability/maintanability/security/performance and simplicity for development speed alone...

I honestly am not advocating hand cranking code, but the trade offs need to be made only in appropriate places, not "use this 1 framework to solve all your problems". You're building a car, so it makes sense to reuse the frame of another manufacturer, but other than that its best to just do it yourself.

Its not innovation to reinvent the tools to build the wheel, it's procrastination; and besides, using different tools every time you build a car is upsettingly inefficient

Yes, Prime Minister, rewrite the Computer Misuse Act: Brit infosec outfits urge reform

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Re: The law is fine and doesn't need changing

Yes, but this isn't just people lobbying. If you were an infosec company, wouldn't it be nice to be able to cold call and say "hey, you've got a problem you need someone to fix... FYI we fix this stuff..."

Thats where this is coming from. Also, another avenue for giving the plod a pass on creepy powers, while dressing it up as security, so home sec will love the idea of reform.

Sorry to drone on and on but have you heard of Ingenuity? NASA's camera-copter is ready to head off to Mars

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They can scout over the top of poor old Beagle 2, blow the dust off and get those final panels winched up!

Extraterrestrial maintenence drones for the win!

Maybe there is hope for 2020: AI that 'predicts criminality' from faces with '80% accuracy, no bias' gets in the sea

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Re: Very dodgy subject

Ha, good one: Mormon/Jehovah's Witnesses are *not* fraudsters!

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Re: Very dodgy subject

I'd say you're able to tell when (most people) are forcing an expression, and it doesn't look right - so there goes the alarm. I bet there are some damn good fakers that would pass mustard, but that's the arms race I guess.

Although I've also had the same when in foreign countries and I haven't learned the cues from childhood so I don't think this intuition is anything to be relied on, quite the contrary.

Also, if someone is (or appears to be) either well above or well below you in a social hierarchy, that may trigger a fight or flight response, in my opinion.

Whether those responses are justified is case by case, of course. This research is a joke.

Boffins find that over nine out of ten 'ethical' hackers are being a bit naughty when it comes to cloud services

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Re: It is happening now

now you need physical operational security expertise AND virtual; I'm not sure I prefer the attack surface, even if it's cool in movies. Although I heard you can beat forensics by using bleach, so just pour bleach all over the RPi and you're good to go!

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Re: It is happening now

Really? All you need is a predictable log message that says "access denied" with an IP address, you can set up custom patterns for any file to isolate the IP and it'll drop those packets once you hit whatever limit you configure, I think its about 10 lines in 3 files to do this



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